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Johnny Franklin Smith

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Johnny Franklin Smith

September 02, 1934 ~ August 29, 2013

Johnny Franklin Smith, age 78, passed away in his home with family at his side on August 29, 2013. Johnny was born September 2, 1934, in Sidney, AR. He was the fifth child of Robert Daniel (“R.D.”) and Edna Smith. Johnny attended school in Sidney until he entered the United States Navy in 1952. Johnny was a Korean War Veteran and was discharged from service in 1954. Johnny’s family traveled from Arkansas to Washington to work in the fruit harvest when he was a boy and he decided to reside in the Wenatchee area after his discharge. Johnny married Mary Ellen Jones on June 14, 1958, and they were married for 50 years before Mary passed away in 2008. Johnny and Mary resided in the Wenatchee area for 42 years, where they owned and managed apple orchards until 1998. In addition to farming, Johnny was a member of the Teamsters Union and drove a truck until he retired in his 50’s. In 2000, Johnny and Mary moved to Newport to be near their only daughter, Sue, and her family. Johnny returned to East Wenatchee after Mary’s passing and just recently returned to the Newport area.

Johnny was preceded in death by his wife, Mary; and two brothers, Dean Smith and J.T. Smith. He is survived by: his daughter, Sue (Dave) Siemsen of Newport; three grandchildren, Sydney, Spencer and Samantha, all of Newport; a brother, Marshal Smith of Mount Pleasant, AR; a sister, Ruth (Ray) England of Orangevale, CA; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Visitation will be held Monday, September 9, 2013, from Noon to 5:00 p.m. at Sherman-Knapp Funeral Home. A Graveside Service will be held at Evergreen Cemetery in East Wenatchee, WA at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 10, 2013. In lieu of flowers, we request that donations be made to Hospice of Spokane or the American Cancer Society. Sherman-Knapp Funeral Home in Newport is in charge of arrangements. Family and friends are invited to sign the online guestbook at

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